First, he gives us some excuse about being closer to his kids. Personally, I never bought that one.
Now, Steve Nash is telling the media that he thinks his former team, the Phoenix Suns, can be a legitimate threat in the Western Conference. Yeah, I'm not buying that one either, Steve.
Nash had this to say to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports (via Pro Basketball Talk):
"They can be a surprise team this year," Nash said. "They brought in a lot of guys who can play. They brought in some young guys and put themselves in a position to build. I think they did a great job."
It is hard to argue that the Suns did a great job this summer of bringing in young talent. The additions of Goran Dragic, Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley and Luis Scola should prove fruitful down the road.
Key words: down the road.
For now, this is a team that is going to be at the bottom of the barrel. Not only will they not compete in the West, but I honestly believe this is a high pick lottery team. I'm not talking the 13th or 14th pick as it has been in years past. I'm thinking more along the lines of top 7, maybe top 5.
Personally, I think this was purely a PR move based on the fact that Nash is trying to stay in the good graces of Planet Orange. Maybe he is getting tired of being booed when he comes to see his kids here in the Valley? Who knows.
What we do know is that this is a load of bologna. The Suns, barring a miracle, will not be a good team this season. And that is okay. What isn't okay is Nash spewing a bunch of hot air trying to make his move seem justified.
Hey, Steve: if you think this team is so good, why didn't you push harder to stay? That's what I thought.